As Santa loaded his magic sack,
filled with gifts for girls
he added candy and sugar plums,
and batteries for
At the top of the sack he carefully packed
the most special
gift of all.
a darling pup for a boy named Timmy,
the sack tried to crawl).
Santa turned the puppy around,
he righted him right side
'cause there's no more precious cargo,
than a precocious,
As he made his appointed rounds
and down Timmy's chimney
he discovered all the sack havoc -
what the blessed pup
had done undid!
Santa looked around the room.
it was clear this family was
He noticed the shabbiness everywhere,
and their poverty
he couldn't ignore.
He waved his arms and a tree appeared,
adorned by blinking
He sneezed and holly boughs were hung,
he created a
Then Santa took to worrying
about a home whose ends wouldn't
and whether it would be fair to anyone,
when a pup needs
a lot to eat.
He scratched his head and knitted his brow,
granting any child's wish,
and the puppy, grown
jumped up and gave Santa a kiss.
Santa sat down with pen in hand
and he wrote the following
He considered each word, thought long and hard
every sentence he wrote.
"Dear Timmy, you are a splendid lad,
and I hoped to fill your
but for the animals of this world,
they each only
deserve the best.
"One day you'll grow to understand
that not every wish may
but I know there's a dog in your future,
love the best of you.
"The time right now was not to be,
I hope my other gifts make
One day you'll be a fine young man,
but for a dog,
you must wait awhile.
"You see, a dog needs more than love,
he'll have needs, mostly
You've yet a lot of growing to do,
and a dog's
needs, I hope you'll see."
Santa sighed as he folded the note,
and the pup again pawed
Santa patted the puppy's head,
lost in thought,
The puppy worried about something amiss,
and whether he'd have
Perhaps with someone to love him for life -
with toys and a bone?
Santa looked into the little dog's eyes,
in those eyes, love
plain to see.
He said, "I've always wanted a dog myself.
you'll be coming home with me!"
Copyright Jim Willis 2003